Alex Hales featured amongst the leading run-scorers in the 2021 T20 Blast.
Trent Rockets and Southern Bravo are set to cross swords in the third match of the Men’s Hundred at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The Rockets have a lethal batting unit as they have the likes of Alex Hales, D’Arcy Short and Dawid Malan, all of whom can tear bowling attacks apart on their day.
Rashid Khan’s presence will strengthen the Rockets even further. For the Brave, a lot will depend on how the left-handed Devon Conway and James Vince play at the top of the batting order. In the bowling department, Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan are expected to play critical roles for the Brave.
Match – Trent Rockets vs Southern Brave – 3rd match
Venue – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Time – 07:00 PM IST, 01:30 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch at the Trent Bridge has been a bowlers’ graveyard over the last few years. Bowlers are likely to have another tough day in the office. Recently, Pakistan and England registered over 430 runs in a T20I in Nottingham. Batting second should be the way forward since the track isn’t expected to change much in nature.
Avg score: 158 (12 T20Is at Trent Bridge)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 7, N/R – 0
Alex Hales, D’Arcy Short, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Tom Moores (wk), Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel, Lewis Gregory, Rashid Khan, Samuel Cook and Marchant de Lange
Bench– Matt Carter, Ben Cox, Luke Wood, Luke Wright, Tim van der Gugten
Devon Conway, James Vince, Alex Davies (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Liam Dawson, Ross Whiteley, Jofra Archer, Craig Overton, Danny Briggs, Chris Jordan and George Garton
Bench- Tymal Mills, Delray Rawlins, Max Waller, Jake Lintott
Probable best batter of the match
Alex Hales— Trent Rockets
Alex Hales has been in the absolutely rollicking form of late. He recently played in the T20 Blast 2021, representing Nottinghamshire and showed why he’s regarded as one of the best white-ball players in England. In the tournament, the right-hander notched 463 runs at an average and strike rate of 46.30 and 179.45 respectively. If he gets going, the Brave will be in for a lot of trouble.
Probable best bowler of the match
Rashid Khan— Trent Rockets
Rashid Khan has come up the ranks in the cricketing world over the last five years so. In 267 matches, he has taken as many as 371 wickets with six four-wicket hauls and three five-wicket hauls. He can bowl at any stage of a game and has the potential to restrict the batters even in the death overs. The Brave’s batters need to play him with utmost caution.
Today’s match prediction: Trent Rockets to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.